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Causes Of Fibrocystic Breasts
Physiologic changes: Usual physiologic changes that include hormonal fluctuations, increase or decrease of different components of breast (pregnancy, lactation, aging), or thick secretions can all cause fibrocystic changes. These are not associated with increase risk of cancer. Regular breast exams and mammograms are still recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be hereditary: Painful breast swelling and lumpiness in the breasts, worse around the menstrual cycle, is a common feeling from fibrocystic breasts. Dense mammogram findings and cysts can be seen on breast ultrasound. Hereditary factors may cause some women to have more fibrocystic problems than others. Some sites say that this condition affects more than half of women. It resolves with menopause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, in some: For many women, caffeine intake (coffee, chocolate, soda/pop, tea) can make fibrocystic changes more active (pain and lumpiness). Natural hormonal changes or hormone intake can cause this as well. Stress is a big offender because it causes us to release more of our natural hormones. Try decreasing caffeine intake and reducing stress. If no relief, contact your doctor. ...Read more
Aggravate not cause: For many women, caffeine intake (coffee, chocolate, soda/pop, tea) can make fibrocystic changes more active (pain and lumpiness). Natural hormonal changes or hormone intake can cause this as well. Stress is a big offender because it causes us to release more of our natural hormones. Try decreasing caffeine intake and reducing stress. If no relief, contact your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: The breasts go through changes related to hormone levels, stress and caffeine. The lumps will come and go. It is important to become familiar with your lumpiness and be able to distinguish your normal lump from something that feels abnormal. Anything abnormal should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more
I have Fibrocystic breasts and new subtle small tubular lump that doc says may be overstimulated gland. Should I worry? Causes pain
WATCH OUT: ANYTHING GROWS FAST, NOT NECESSARILY TENDER, MUST AT LEAST DO ULTRASOUND AFTER PERIOD. BEFORE PERIOD MAY SHOW CYST ONLY TOO YOUNG FOR MAMMOGRAM YET--BUT IF ULT SOUND SHOWED SOLID NODULE, MUST DO X-RAY AND BIOPSY SMALL CHANCE FOR CANCER AT 31YO BUT THERE IS CHANCE IF TOUGH LUCK! TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF ...Read more
I'm 29. I have fibrocystic breasts. What are the causes for a small complicated breast cyst (no solid mass component) to be more "tall than wide"?
Ask radiologist: It would be best to redo the question and ask that it be sent to a radiologist. Include what kind of test showed the" taller than wide". ...Read more
I'm 29. Have fibrocystic breasts. 6 mths ago had benign papilloma removed. Same breast now developed complicated breast cyst ( no solid mass). Causes?
Lumpy-Bumpy Breasts: Fibrocystic changes are a spectrum of pathologic findings seen on biopsy. This has morphed into a clinical term for "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue and/or dense tissue seen on mammography. This is not a disease, just a variant of normal. This requires no treatment, just reassurance. ...Read more
Common problem: Fibrocystic disease/changes is very common in women. This is most often seen during the menstrual cycle. Breast feel lumpy and painful which is caused by cyst formation (fluid filled areas) due to hormonal changes. Some women may have these changes without being on their menstrual cycle. Caffeine may cuase the cysts to be overactive resulting in pain. This is not related to cancer. http://www. ...Read more
Dense breasts: Patients who have dense breasts.Get a more detailed answer ›
Many characteristics: Fibrocystic breast can have different characteristics- you can feel something that feels like a small "bb", a rock, a pea or just an area of irregular thickness and tenderness. However any new breast finding or change in breast warrants eval by your doctor and possibly mammogram and/or ultrasound. It is important to be assessed- so make an appointment. ...Read more
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